Recognised expertise in banknote printing

With a history of more than 200 years in the banknote industry, the Banque de France printing works has recognised expertise in the market. It is accredited by the European Central Bank, and is  ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 37001 certified.

In line with its policy of constant modernisation, it has developed new security features and innovative technologies to increase the lifespan of banknotes. Its priority is to satisfy its customers' requirements through innovation and R&D.

A state-of-the-art facility for a highly technological product

The Banque de France's printing works is equipped with two complete sheet-fed printing lines (offset, intaglio, silkscreen printing, numbering and varnishing) incorporating the most up-to-date machines currently available on the market (KOMORI NV 532, SOI3 EVO). It also has fully automated finishing workshops, capable of ensuring 100% traceability, which transform piles of printed paper into pallets of banknotes ready to be dispatched, without any human intervention.

This equipment is capable of printing the most technically demanding banknotes, while guaranteeing one of the highest levels of productivity in the market. The Chamalières printing works also produces banknotes incorporating EverFit® technology, which considerably increases their lifespan.

A printing works at the centre of the modernisation of the cash industry

The Banque de France's printing works has met a major technological and operational challenge by printing a large portion of the new "Europa" range of banknotes, which were introduced in all euro area countries from 2013. Thanks to its EverFit® technology, it is also playing a leading role internationally in the modernisation of banknotes, ensuring their durability under all circulation conditions.

Visite de l’imprimerie de la Banque de France à Chamalières
A tour of the Banque de France's printing works in Chamalières (video in French).
Où sont fabriqués les billets de banque
Where are banknotes made ? (video in French)
La naissance d’un billet de banque
The making of a banknote (video in French).
EverFit®, banknote made durable - Banque de France
Everfit® – the banknote made durable.

Further information

Designing and manufacturing banknote paper and banknotes

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EuropaFi – Europe's foremost public banknote paper mill

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EverFit® – the solution for challenging circulation environments

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Banknotes at the cutting edge of technology and innovation

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Providing banknote expertise to central banks

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Designing and manufacturing banknote paper and banknotes

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EuropaFi – Europe's foremost public banknote paper mill

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EverFit® – the solution for challenging circulation environments

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Banknotes at the cutting edge of technology and innovation

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Providing banknote expertise to central banks

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